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Mark CostelloIn the first third of this beautiful new novel, we follow young Mark Ruttenberg, an ordinary spy, through the final stages of his training in Virginia and his initial posting overseas. The book is fiction packaged as mock memoir, the story told in Ruttenberg's distinctive voice: operationally plain, detailed but distanced, present but not always there. The voice is born of the case reports officers like Ruttenberg must generate to document their every move…Among its other satisfactions, this book is surely the best portrait of the working C.I.A. we have had in many years.
—The New York Times